Height: 888.000 mm
Width: 298.000 mm (each)
Gift of Sir W. Gwynne-Evans, Bt.
Asia JA JP 1554 (1913.5-1.0298);Asia JA JP 1555 (1913.5-1.0299)
Utagawa Hiroshige II, Two views of Mt. Fuji from the Sumida River, a pair of hanging scroll paintings
Edo period, about AD 1860-65
The Sumida River in Edo was a place of
amusement for all social groups: artisans and merchants lived close
to its banks and feudal lords had their summer villas there.
Samurai too flocked from the upper class Yamanote district. These
scrolls of spring and summer scenes show (on the right) a pair of
Hiroshige II (1826-69), previously known as Suzuki Shigenobu, was the pupil and adopted son of the renowned Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). The pupil faithfully continues Hiroshige's techniques in this pair of hanging scrolls: the landscape backgrounds are done in a soft wash, while the figures are picked out in splashes of brighter colour.
The singature reads 'Hiroshige hitsu' ('the brush of Hiroshige'). The seal reads 'Nisei Ichiryūsai Hiroshige gain' ('painting seal of the second-generation Ichiryūsai Hiroshige').
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